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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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About Dave99gst

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  1. Same here ! I bought several for $25 local and sold them on here for double ! im sure used on eBay is your only option. I still have 1 i use to animate my mega tree
  2. I was at menards last night and all there stuff is allready 40% off
  3. all mine came down also - the house looks so dark now.
  4. x2 - thats how all the local stores to me are.
  5. i was thinking it seemd that way around here in MI .... after reading your posts i think i may be right
  6. ive seen several repetes extreme lights 1,2,3 and europe
  7. you don't need the software to DL pics ... 1) put camera in dock 2) turn on 3)click my computer and it should be listed as a little camera icon and say something like V550 4) double click it - pics are in the dcim folder. you can also download the software from Kodak's site.
  8. Dave99gst

    Roof Lighting

    you can cover it in net lights
  9. ut-oh ... someones on the naughty list ...
  10. I think it looks great just the way it is ! Another option may be rope light ? Pretty sure you can get it in a flavor that you can cut to any length you want. you would be able to round the corners then if you wanted a slightly different look
  11. need pics of it lit up !! man i dont thi nk i would want to mess with a clay roof !
  12. You just run a extension cord to every other one - ( so three cords in your case )
  13. I found this at Krogers of all places.. Im a big fan of things that can be broken down for easier storage. Once assembled this thing is 42" accross . . . For size reference.. the cat is like 14 pounds
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